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July 5, 2010

Mark Buehrle earns full no trading rights (10-and-5)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2010 11:00 pm
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Mark Buehrle told general manager Ken Williams on Monday that he had 9 1/2 hours to get rid of him or he’d be stuck with him.

Williams laughed and told Buehrle he didn’t even think about Monday night’s deadline before Buehrle’s full no-trade rights kicked in as a player with 10 years of major league service, all with the White Sox. …

Jerry kept his word:

“I think when the whole contract thing was going down, I wanted a no-trade clause because I wanted to know I’d be here the whole time,” Buehrle said of the four-year extension he signed with the White Sox on July 8, 2007. “I give props to [Sox owner] Jerry [Reinsdorf] and [general manager] Kenny [Williams] , they kept their word. Jerry called me into the office after I signed and told me, ‘We’re not signing you to trade you. You’ve got my word that we’re not going to trade you.’ And he held up to it.”

White Sox sign 38th round pick SS Bradley Salgado

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2010 8:33 pm
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He’s playing his first game (at SS) with Bristol tonight. Salgado had signed a letter of intent to play at Kansas.

MLB’s scouting report video is here (0:32).

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
1148 38 Salgado, Bradley Great Oak HS (CA) SS R/R 6’01″ 185 1991-07-15 HS Video

FutureSox on Salgado:

Brad Salgado is an athletic middle infielder who projects as a second baseman due to a lack of range for shortstop. He doesn’t have a lot of arm strength but he should be fine for 2B. He’s a smooth defender with soft hands and is very good at turning the double play. At the plate, Salgado is a line drive hitter who sprays the ball to all fields with occasional pop. He hit .375 this year with 5 home runs and 13 stolen bases and is committed to Kansas. The White Sox need more athletic middle infielders in their system and getting Brad Salgado to sign would be a major coup.

“Lillibridge moves ahead of Beckham — for now”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2010 6:38 pm
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Manager Ozzie Guillen didn’t hesitate when asked Monday night about Brent Lillibridge starting ahead of Gordon Beckham at second base for the second consecutive game.

“I love the way he plays,” Guillen said of Lillibridge, who went 4-for-6 on the Sox’s recent trip. “I think I’m going to take advantage and have his hot bat. He had very good at-bats (Sunday), and that’s all I ask. This kid continues to have a hot bat, I’ll find a place to play him.”

There is something wrong with this headline: Ozzie. If Beckham isn’t going to start (UPDATE: three) consecutive games, then send him to the minors. This is crazy…

White Sox sign RHP Raymond “Cope” Copenhaver (Citadel senior)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2010 5:58 pm
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Citadel Sports:

Charleston, S.C. – Former Bulldog pitcher Raymond Copenhaver has signed a free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox.

Copenhaver (Apopka, Fla.) went 3-1 with an ERA of 3.25 in 33 appearances in 2010. He also had one save in 36.0 innings pitched to go along with 28 strikeouts.

Copenhaver becomes the third Bulldog to sign a deal in the past month as he joins former teammates Asher Wojciechowski and Bryan Altman who both signed contracts after being drafted in early June.

For his Bulldog career, “Cope” had 135 appearances, the most of any pitcher in Southern Conference history. The previous career high at The Citadel was Tom Martin with 112 appearances. He averaged over 33 appearances in his four seasons and threw 160.1 total innings with 97 strikeouts to go with a career ERA of 4.21.

The right-hander has been assigned to the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League in Great Falls, Mont., the rookie affiliate of the White Sox.


Height:   6-5
Weight:   220
Born:     Nov. 22, 1987

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2010 3.25 3-1 33-0 0 0/1 1 36.0 34 18 13 15 28 4 2 1 131 .260 2 5 0 1 3
2009 4.75 2-3 30-0 0 0/1 2 30.1 33 18 16 13 15 6 0 0 116 .284 1 6 0 1 2
2008 5.16 1-3 36-0 0 0/2 0 45.1 53 31 26 16 28 11 0 4 177 .299 4 6 2 1 3
2007 3.70 1-1 36-0 0 0/1 1 48.2 58 23 20 19 26 5 2 3 192 .302 2 7 0 0 5

and from the baseball cube:

2007 19 1 1 3.70 36 0 0 0 1 48.2 58 23 20 3 19 26 2 10.7 0.6 3.5 4.8 1.58
2008 20 1 3 5.16 36 0 0 0 0 45.1 53 31 26 4 16 28 4 10.5 0.8 3.2 5.6 1.52
2009 21 2 3 4.75 30 0 0 0 2 30.1 33 18 16 0 13 15 1 9.8 0.0 3.9 4.5 1.52

Kenny Williams after Prince Fielder? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2010 5:15 pm
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Scot Gregor:

Last week, the big rumor was Adam Dunn to the White Sox. This week, it’s Prince Fielder. The nonwaiver trade deadline is just over three weeks away, and you never know what GM Kenny Williams is going to do.

“If Kenny thinks we need somebody, he will get it,” Ozzie said before Monday night’s game against the Angels. “Believe me, he will get it.” The popular thinking is Kenny will get a left-handed power bat if he decides to make a move.

Seems like only speculation.

UPDATE: Bruce Levine says Fielder would be the biggest gate attraction the White Sox have had since:

Adam Dunn, Lance Berkman and Luke Scott have been confirmed as possible trade prospects the White Sox would be interested in. However, if Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder becomes available before the trading deadline the White Sox would certainly have interest.

Projecting Fielder at U.S. Cellular Field, the lefty slugger, only 26, would be a 50 -homer threat and, more importantly, a home-run producer who people would pay to see.

A case could be made that Fielder would be the biggest gate attraction the White Sox have had since Frank Thomas left the team as a free agent after the 2005 season.

John Danks to Jordan Danks: Less strikeouts, more bunts

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2010 1:44 pm
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Ryan Wood @ CO:

He [John] tells Jordan what the coaches say he needs to improve – from striking out less to bunting more.

“John’s been here to help me out along the way, which he has for my whole career,” Jordan says. “Coming into professional baseball, there were no secrets. I knew exactly what to expect just because I’d seen him go through the process.” …

Jordan Danks statistics: not good after the jump to AA.

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